This is my last post on my recent 6,000-mile trip through the South and Southwest. The lessons learned from that trip will last me a lifetime, or at least what I have left of it. I am ready to declare what I discovered, and maybe more importantly, act upon those discoveries.
Let’s start with a high-level look back on the trip:
- This trip fulfilled one of my final bucket list items – I really did want to move my seven-year project of turning my old delivery truck into a micro-RV. I have frequently said that it was my “boat in the basement” project, in that I didn’t think I would really use it that much. I am proud of the fact the µRV had it in him to go the distance. I, personally, call him Merv. Yeah, I know objects like this are supposed to have feminine names, but, as usual, I am different. I can now proudly say that he was definitely not my “boat in the basement”. He served a purpose, an important one, and one that I needed right now.
- I finally got to know my big brother again after so many years – I managed to spend four delightful days talking about things from our distant past, and getting introduced to his clan. They are quite a group. I will always cherish that time with my big brother. Sadly to say, since I visited him, he is now facing some serious medical issues.
- I got to meet my blogging buddy Bob Lowery, and his beautiful and talented wife. I have been wanting to do that for years now. He, and his wife, are very delightful people.
- I discovered I am an Avant-Garde type guy – My love of art and museums seems to be in constant movement. I have found that I can now enjoy some versions of art that were once foreign to me.
- Routines are to be cherished – I simply didn’t understand the hold that my routines have on me until they were gone. Routines are important as long as they are flexible.
- There is no place like home – It took me 6,000 miles to find that the grass is not always greener. I like to experience new things on a constant basis, but I also need to come back to my nest, and its soothing routines. I have discovered that a week away from my cozy nest is about the limit for me. 🥴
- I learned a lot about myself and how I want to spend what time I have left – I have finally accepted that I who I am. Being a dreamer I have always imagined that somehow I could overcome my life’s challenges, but I finally realize that those challenges made me who I am who. I need to accept my life as it has I have lived it. Despite my hardships in life I turned out to be a pretty good person, if I don’t say so myself.
I must live more in the present and quit worrying about the future or lamenting the past.
That is my life lesson from this trip.